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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 11 percent in one year

October 26, 2016 — To celebrate Campus Sustainability Month in October, Vanderbilt’s Facilities organization has released an updated inventory of the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the past decade, 2005 to 2015. GHG emissions dropped 11 percent in one year and 27 percent from the 2008 peak. When Vanderbilt’s significant growth in square footage, students, patient care, and...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications Now Open

October 26, 2016 — Have a sustainability project that needs funding? Applications for The Vanderbilt Green Fund are now open! The Vanderbilt Green Fund, established in 2011 by members of SPEAR and VSG, is a fund set aside for sustainability projects proposed by students. This student-run process allocates $150,000 to innovative and educational ideas that make Vanderbilt more environmentally...... KEEP READING »

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Chancellor’s Town Hall discussing campus, Nashville transportation set for Oct. 28

October 21, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Internal and external forces shaping the future of transportation on the Vanderbilt campus and in the larger Nashville community will be the focus of a town hall discussion hosted by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on Friday, Oct. 28, from 2:10-4:10 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School. All students, faculty...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t forget to power down before fall break

October 10, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt community members who are going to be away from their residence hall, office or home for an extended period of time over fall break should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce energy consumption and its impact on the environment. October...... KEEP READING »

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Cardboard Recycling during Move-In breaks records once again!

October 3, 2016 — Did you know that Move-In results in tons of cardboard each year and that Vanderbilt recycles all of it with the help of Cardboard Crew? See the impacts from Move-In 2016 in the infographic below!... KEEP READING »

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Rooted Community Health wins 2016 football “Greenest Group on Campus” award

October 3, 2016 — Rooted Community Health has been named winner of the 2016 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Florida game October 1 with a catered tailgate event, tickets to the game, an autographed football from Coach Derek Mason, and an on-field award ceremony during the...... KEEP READING »

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FutureVU making progress on charting course for Vanderbilt’s campus

September 30, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here.  Vanderbilt University’s land use plan is entering its second year with a full slate of activities and a new faculty advisory committee to engage the Vanderbilt community in the design and development of the campus. The plan, which has been named FutureVU, is one of Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos’...... KEEP READING »

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RTA bus, Music City Star train tickets on sale in new location

September 22, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Beginning Sept. 26, tickets for RTA express buses and the Music City Star commuter train will be available for purchase over the counter at the Sarratt Student Center box office. Tickets may be purchased at Sarratt from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday....... KEEP READING »

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Cave study designed to solve puzzle of prehistoric megadroughts in the western U.S.

September 2, 2016 — Jessica Oster, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University, is using cave deposits to reconstruct past climates. The paleoclimatologist is also setting up an educational program to involve undergraduate, graduate, and high school students in the analysis of samples, design of independent research projects, and managing and manipulating data sets. Read the full...... KEEP READING »

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

August 29, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Waste Management, Inc., the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), and VU Athletics, and are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Vanderbilt Football Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP tailgate event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week August 7-13

August 3, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week August 7 through August 13 by taking advantage of the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Thursday August 11 from 2-5pm at the Vanderbilt Medical Center Plaza or by checking out one of the many local farmers’ markets in Nashville. The Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market will have a photo contest...... KEEP READING »

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Earth Friendly Move-In Tips

August 1, 2016 — Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus! While moving in, try to minimize waste and recycle. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film wrapping. SustainVU will also host a booth at the University Resources...... KEEP READING »

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Beat the Heat – Save energy on campus and at home

July 26, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. As the thermostat tops out this summer, don’t let your energy use follow the same trend! Vanderbilt is one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption in this heat. Small changes can produce...... KEEP READING »

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Remember to power down before leaving for summer vacations!

June 28, 2016 — Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with these high temperatures. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away:...... KEEP READING »

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NACUBO highlights Vanderbilt’s Coal-Free Conversion in recent edition of Business Officer magazine

May 23, 2016 — The National Association for College and University Business Officers recently featured Vanderbilt’s coal-free conversion of the power plant in the May 2016 edition as bonus material to a larger overview cover story entitled “Resource Reshuffle”. The Vanderbilt story is available here and copied below. COAL-FREE CONVERSION By Karla Hignite Vanderbilt University, Nashville, burned its final...... KEEP READING »

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